It is helpful to view the Law Library resources in three general, and sometimes overlapping, categories:
rare book collections and other materials that are considered rare, either because of their age or scarcity
state law resources
federal law materials
Each of these categories may be explored in greater depth by selecting from the navigator bar on the left.
The sections on the Rare Book Collection describe materials relating to foreign legal systems, which have influenced American law, as well as sources relating to
early American trials and state session laws.
The sections on State Law and Federal Law give examples of laws that directly relate to women and to the issues that affect them, including property, suffrage, and
employment legislation. Other issues discussed are interesting because they exclude specific references to women, such as
laws relating to slavery and indentured servants. An examination of civil rights and immigration legislation helps illustrate
the major differences between and interdependence of federal and state law.